Watauga County

Festival Atop Beech: ‘LSD, Mushrooms, Ecstasy. You Name It’s Here,’ Influx of Thousands: ‘Good for Business’

Published Friday, August 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm
Aug. 10, 2012. “It’s been interesting – to say the least.” Referring to The Festival of Gnarnia taking place until Sunday morning, that phrase is recurring among locals atop Beech Mountain. With an influx of 5,000 people, many of them tour kids from out of state who are following the festival circuit, Beech is experiencing a bit of a culture shock. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Rural Counties Remain Killing Ground for Traffic Deaths; Watauga in Top Five for Chance of Being in a Collision

Published Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm
Aug. 9, 2012. Rural counties were the killing grounds for traffic deaths in North Carolina last year with the top five counties combining for 61 fatal crashes. The counties with the highest chance of being in any kind of collision were Watauga, Pitt, New Hanover, Person and Cumberland counties. All five also appeared on the list in 2010. Read more...
BY REBECCA GITLEN
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Moore ‘Airs Dirty Laundry’ at Media Day as ASU Football Ushers in New Era & Enthusiasm for 2012 Season

Published Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm
Aug. 7, 2012. This offseason, members of the ASU football squad have been in the news more than once for off-the-field incidents – something that Head Coach Jerry Moore addressed, along with airing other “dirty laundry,” this weekend during media day. Read more...
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Foxx: Defending Obamacare Failures Places Jobs at Stake

Published Monday, August 6, 2012 at 9:57 am
Aug. 6, 2012. Even before full implementation, the President’s law has fallen short of its promises to spur immediate job creation, lessen the deficit, not raise taxes, allow people the choice to keep their current health plans, and reduce health care costs for individuals and families. Read more...
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Search Warrant Obtained by SBI for Deputy Mast Shooting Released: Short Description of Shooting, Items

Published Friday, August 3, 2012 at 10:50 am
Aug. 3, 2012. The Watauga Clerk of Court released the search warrant for 2130 Hardin Road near Deep Gap obtained by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation from Superior Court Judge Phil Ginn in the hours following the shooting of Deputy William Mast Jr on July 26. Read more...
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Deputy William Mast’s Funeral at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church: An Overcast Sky for a Grieving Community

Published Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 3:14 pm
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William Ronald Mast, Jr.
Aug. 16, 1988 - July 26, 2012
Rest in Peace

July 31, 2012. In the picturesque setting of Southeastern Watauga with tall rolling hills, the mood was somber with many tears falling beneath the overcast sky. 

In respect for their fallen comrade, Watauga County Sheriff’s Deputy William Mast Jr., law enforcement officers from across the state formed a gauntlet in full salute behind the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church for the N.C. Troopers Association Caisson Unit to walk through before the services began.  

The horses towed the casket, draped in a red, white and blue flag, as Mast’s pregnant wife Paige and other family members, close friends and dozens of local law enforcement personnel followed. 

Masonic graveside rites and burial with law enforcement honors will follow at the Mast Family Cemetery in Cove Creek. See photos... 

BY JESSE WOOD
Photo by Ken Ketchie
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County Board Of Commissioners Holding Monthly Meeting, Public Hearing on Waste Management Tuesday

Published Monday, July 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm
July 23, 2012. The Watauga County Board Of Commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Board Room of the Watauga County Administration Building located at 814 West King St. in downtown Boone. The purpose of the public hearing will be to gather citizen input on the county’s solid waste management plan update. Read more...
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Celebrate 14 Artists, Galleries and the Newest Works at the Avery County Tour de Art Every Fourth Saturday

Published Friday, July 20, 2012 at 10:36 am
July 20, 2012. Beautiful day? Nothing to do? Dreary day? Need something to chase away the blahs? Whatever the circumstance, be uplifted by an art tour of the gorgeous Avery and Watauga Counties countryside. Read more...
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Democrats Organize ‘Cash Mob’ to Benefit Local Businesses Saturday, July 28, at Village Hardware and Papa Joe’s

Published Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm
July 17, 2012. The Watauga County Democratic Party is organizing a “cash mob” that will visit two Blowing Rock businesses on Saturday, July 28. A “cash mob” is a way to encourage people to support small, local businesses by spending money as a group to give the business owners a little bit of economic stimulus. Read more...
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If Trend Continues, 2012 Meth Lab Busts Will Surpass N.C.’s Record-Setting Year of 2011 – 237 Busts So Far

Published Monday, July 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm
July 16, 2012. Meth labs are on the rise again. If the current trend continues, this year will be another record-setting year. Read more...
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ASU: The ‘Pride and Trepidation’ of Boone; More ‘Anti-Annex Legislation’ Could Imbalance Future Relationship

Published Monday, July 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm
July 12, 2012. The Town of Boone and ASU haven't always had a good rapport, but the relationship has improved as both entities work closer together. As ASU expands - both in student enrollment and as a local landholder - and if the "anti-annexation" legislation trend continues, one official warns this "balanced" relationship may wilt. Read more...
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Foxx, House Vote to Fully Repeal Job-Stifling Health Law; Defending the Taxes, Failures of Obamacare

Published Friday, July 13, 2012 at 9:52 am
July 13, 2012. Rep. Virginia Foxx's press secretary sent High Country Press an article, an op-ed penned by Virginia Foxx and a YouTube video of Foxx speaking in the House regarding her vote to repeal President Obama's health-care overhaul legislation. Watch or read more...
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ASU Fraternity Member Curtiss Stafford, Treasurer for Alpha Phi Alpha, Charged With Embezzlement

Published Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm
July 12, 2012. Boone Police have charged Curtiss Stafford, age 24, of Boone, NC with three counts of felony Embezzlement. This was subsequent to an investigation into several checks that were written and cashed for personal use out of his fraternity’s account, in which he was the acting treasurer. Read more...
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Blowing Rock’s First Microbrewery at the Maple Lodge Cottage Should Be Up and Brewing Next Spring

Published Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 10:30 am
July 9, 2012. The Blowing Rock Town Council unanimously approved a the town’s first microbrewery to operate in a renovated two-bedroom cottage in Blowing Rock. If all goes well, the microbrewery should be up and running next spring. Read more...
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American Alpine Club Announces Watauga Resident Lisa Hummel as its New Southeast Regional Coordinator

Published Friday, July 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm
July 6, 2012. The American Alpine Club (AAC) recently announced that Lisa Hummel, a resident of Watauga County and graduate of ASU, will become its new Southeast Regional Coordinator later this summer. Read more...
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Blowing Rock Council Approves 2012-13 $6.3M Budget

Published Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 11:00 am
June 28, 2012. On Tuesday, the Blowing Rock Town Council unanimously approved the 2012-13 fiscal year budget that totals $6.3 million. The budget has a tax rate set at $0.28 per $100 valuation, which is the current tax rate. Read more...
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‘Why Are We Paying For It Again?’ Three Years Later, Taxpayers Foot Bill for Repairs on Goshen Creek Bridge

Published Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 10:55 am
https://www.hcpress.com/?p=30588June 26, 2012. UPDATE: Now includes statement from FHWA.  Less than three years after a similar "rehabilitation" job, re-repairs to the Goshen Creek Bridge began in May to replace defective railing and the adjoining concrete deck. The bridge is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Concrete has been falling on an underpass and a nearby field that features a walking trail. Read more...
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Proposed Mountain Bogs Refuge Encompasses High Country; Open House at Watauga Library on July 11

Published Monday, June 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm
June 25, 2012. The United States has more than 556 National Wildlife Refuges, and now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing one more - the Southern Appalachian Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge, which would encompass 23,000 acres scattered across 30 bog sites in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee - including ten sites in the High Country. Read more...
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Boone’s Water Intake Facility Threatened by Rep. Jordan’s ‘Kill Bill,’ which Passed 1st Reading in House

Published Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm
June 20, 2012. Rep. Johnathan Jordan of District 93, which includes Ashe and Watauga counties, filed a bill in the House on June 14 titled "Disapprove New River Basin Rule," referring to the re-classification of the state's water quality of the Brownsville area along the South Fork of the New River. The bill is also known as the "Kill Bill." Read more...
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Relay for Life and Luminaria Ceremony June 15 at Watauga High School, Survivors Celebrated June 5

Published Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm
June 8, 2012. The 2012 Relay for Life Survivors' Celebration was held the evening of June 5 at Greenway Baptist Church in Boone. About 350 cancer survivors came together to celebrate their victories with good food, friends, speeches and a candlelight ceremony. The survivor dinner was the pre-event to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Watauga County to be held on June 15 and 16 at the Watauga High School football stadium. Read more...
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NCDOT Awards $9.6 Million to Replace 15 Bridges in Watauga, Avery, Ashe, Caldwell and Wilkes Counties

Published Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 10:20 am
May 8, 2012. RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $9.6 million design-build contract to replace two bridges each in Watauga and Ashe counties, four in Avery County, one in Caldwell County and six in Wilkes County. Read more...
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Watauga County Comprehensive Transportation Plan Roadway Deficiencies Public Workshop Thursday

Published Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 10:38 am
April 22, 2012. A workshop regarding the Watauga County Comprehensive Transportation Plan is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Watauga County Commissioners room in the Administrative Building located at 814 King Street. Read more...
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March For Babies Set for April 22 at The Rock – Kidd Brewer Stadium at ASU; Features ASU Athletes

Published Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:03 am
April 20, 2012. For the fourth-straight year, Appalachian State University athletics, in conjunction with the High Country chapter of the March of Dimes, will host the annual March For Babies. Read more...
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Several Bands Perform for Crysel Family Benefit at Galileo’s Restaurant and Bar on Wednesday, April 18

Published Monday, April 16, 2012 at 10:24 am
April 16, 2012. Lucas Crysel, father of two toddlers, went to the hospital for a pain in his left shoulder/neck and thought he pulled a muscle. Turns out, x-rays of his shoulder and chest illuminated a very large tumor which collapsed his left lung; was pushing his heart over the middle of his chest; and was pressing on his spleen and diaphragm. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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From 20-Minute Babble over Copier in Jones House to Wat. Arts Council Finding New Home After 20+ Years

Published Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm
April 14, 2012. This development isn’t surprising to anyone who has followed the rocky relationship between the Boone Town and the Watauga Arts councils that flared up last spring and has soured to the point that the Arts Council will lose its downtown home in July. Read more...
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Canyons Hosts Bartenders’ Brawl on April 12 and 13; Be the Judge of the Drinks at the ‘Survivor’ Themed Event

Published Friday, April 13, 2012 at 11:00 am
April 13, 2012. Local bartenders will duke it out during this year’s Bartenders’ Brawl on Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13. The "Survivor" themed event takes place at Canyons and will feature original drinks with secret ingredients and taste samples will be available for purchase. Read more...
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100 Plus Gather for Marriage Rally at WHS, Not All Supporters; Hot Button Issue Continues to Intensify

Published Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 11:32 pm
April 10, 2012. Correction; and Watch Video of Rally! About 125 people gathered inside Watauga High School to attend the Vote For Marriage NC rally organized by Three Forks Baptist Association and Mount Vernon Baptist Church of Boone on Tuesday. Read more...
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Important Dates to Remember for Upcoming Primary May 8; Voter Registration Deadline Friday, April 13

Published Friday, April 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm
April 6, 2012. The May 8 Primary is fast approaching. So are other important deadlines for the election, such as voter registration, party affiliation change, absentee ballot requests and more. Read more...
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Public Hearings for Commissioners April 17 Meeting; HS Financing, Road Names and Hospitality House

Published Friday, April 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm
April 6, 2012. Watauga County released three Public Hearing Notices for its Tuesday, April 17, Watauga County Commissioners meeting at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as practicable. The public hearings regard high school financing, road names and a CDBG application on behalf of Hospitality House. Read more...
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Green Drinks Boone Meets at Pepper’s on April 10 to Focus on upcoming Earth Day events in late April

Published Friday, April 6, 2012 at 11:00 am
April 6, 2012. The Tuesday evening event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Pepper's Restaurant, located in the Shops at Shadowline in Boone. Green Drinks Boone is an informal social networking organization that hosts monthly events for anyone interested in “green” activities. Read more...
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Deed Transfers Every Thursday, March 23 to 30

Published Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm
April 5, 2012. Deed transfers from around Watauga County published on Thursday every week. See more...
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‘An Embarrassing Day for Watauga?’ High Country Commissioners Endorse Marriage Protection Amendment

Published Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm
April 3, 2012. All three High Country counties – Ashe, Avery and Watauga – have recently endorsed the Marriage Protection Amendment, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Read more...
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Town Invites Citizens to Participate in Boone Cleanup Day and Litter Sweep Saturday, April 14

Published Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm
April 3, 2012. For Boone’s version of spring cleaning, the Town of Boone invites all citizens to join us as we participate in “Boone Cleanup Day” on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Saturday’s event will kick off the statewide “Spring Litter Sweep 2012” proclaimed by Governor Beverly Perdue. The litter sweep spans a two-week period from April 14 to April 28, 2012. Read more...
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Appalachian Theatre Committee Meets next Thursday, April 5; Post includes Minutes from Past Two Meetings

Published Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm
March 31, 2012. The next meeting for those interested in saving the Appalachian Theatre is Thursday, April 5, 2012, at the Watauga County Library. The meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m. View this post for minutes from the past two meetings on February 22 and March 21. Read more...
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Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled April 3, 2012

Published Friday, March 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled April 3, 2012

Linda Wilson Pope, D. April 3, 2012

Linda Wilson Pope, age 49, of 1241 Odes Wilson Road, Zionville, died Tuesday morning, April 3, 2012, at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation.

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